Herbal Products and Dietary Supplements

LAUR Repository

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author El Khoury, Ghada
dc.contributor.author Ramadan, Wijdan
dc.contributor.author Zeeni, Nadine
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-29T07:00:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-29T07:00:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0094-5145 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4444
dc.description.abstract There has been a marked increase in use of herbal products and dietary supplements (HP/DS) in many developed and developing countries. However, data about consumption patterns and awareness about these products in the Lebanese population is scarce. The present study aimed to examine the determinants of HP/DS use in Lebanese adults, identify potential interactions and safety concerns and assess the knowledge and attitudes of consumers towards the efficacy and safety of these products. A face-to-face, 28-item survey was administered to Lebanese adults (n = 726) in community pharmacies across the country. Thirty-five percent of participants reported to be currently consuming at least one HP/DS including 23 % who were consuming vitamins and/or mineral supplements and 18 % consuming herbal products. Significant safety concerns were identified among consumers in the form of disease–supplement, drug–supplement as well as supplement–supplement interactions. Logistic multivariate regression analysis indicated that use of supplements was positively associated with the female gender and increasing age. The majority of respondents falsely believed that HP/DS pose no risk to the general population and that they must be safe to be sold in Lebanon. Moreover, most participants were consuming these products based on recommendations from friends or relatives rather than from healthcare professionals. Substantial misconceptions about HP/DS exist among Lebanese adults, indicating a need for consumers’ education from professional and reliable sources on the efficacy and safety of such products. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Herbal Products and Dietary Supplements en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle A Cross-Sectional Survey of Use, Attitudes, and Knowledge Among the Lebanese Population en_US
dc.author.school SOP en_US
dc.author.school SAS
dc.author.idnumber 200104046 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199312180 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201000400 en_US
dc.author.department Pharmaceutical Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Community Health en_US
dc.journal.volume 41 en_US
dc.journal.issue 3 en_US
dc.article.pages 566-573 en_US
dc.keywords Herbal products en_US
dc.keywords Dietary supplements en_US
dc.keywords Safety en_US
dc.keywords Complementary and alternative medicine en_US
dc.keywords Drug interactions en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10900-015-0131-0 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El Khoury, G., Ramadan, W., & Zeeni, N. (2016). Herbal Products and Dietary Supplements: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Use, Attitudes, and Knowledge Among the Lebanese Population. Journal of community health, 41(3), 566-573. en_US
dc.author.email ghada.khoury@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.email wramadan@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.email nadine.zeeni@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10900-015-0131-0 en_US

Files in this item

Files Size Format View

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search LAUR

Advanced Search


My Account